Scott Kazmir is available.
A mere three years ago this news would have made New York Mets fans leap for joy. They would have celebrated in the streets, as the Mets would've had a chance to rid themselves of their demons and re-acquire the center piece of one of the most ill-advised trades in club history.
However, this is not three years ago, and Scott Kazmir isn't the same fresh-faced phenomenon he was in 2008.
This is 2011.
In his only start for the Los Angeles Angels this season, Scott Kazmir surrendered five runs on five hits in 1.2 innings of work. After the game, he was placed on the 15-Day disabled list with lower back tightness. He's been rehabbing in the Minor Leagues since, and his numbers have been far from stellar.
In five starts with Triple-A Salt Lake City, Kazmir posted a dismal 17.02 ERA.
His ineffectiveness, coupled with his monster contract, gave the Los Angeles Angels enough reasoning to finally cut ties with the southpaw, as they placed him on waivers yesterday.
Now, call me crazy, but I believe the Mets should re-acquire Scott Kazmir, even with all of his flaws and deficiencies.
This is a guy, that at one time not all that long ago, was a top three prospect in all of baseball.
He's shown flashes of brilliance in the big leagues, and there's no reason to expect he can't rediscover that groove in a less-pressure environment where he doesn't have to live up to a lucrative contract.
Of course, I'm not referring to Citi Field.
Rather, I'm talking about the beautiful Queen City; Buffalo, New York.
The Mets would be hard-pressed not to sign Scott Kazmir to a minor league contract. They wouldn't be responsible for the remainder of his 2011 salary ($7 million), nor his 2012 buyout option ($2.5 million).
If they sign him to a minor league deal, he'd be of virtually no risk. He's still just 27 years of age, and he can provide the Mets with pitching depth in the minor league system, something that they're currently lacking.
If he continues to put up less than desirable numbers?
Then the Mets release him, with little to no affect on their payroll.
Who knows, maybe Scott Kazmir will finally blossom into the consistent ace many had predicted him to be nearly a decade ago.
Then again, maybe he'll continue to make former Mets General Manager Jim Duquette, the man who traded him, look like a genius.
Either way, he's worth the low risk high reward contract the Mets would give him, making the phrase "Scott Kazmir Is Available" moderately appealing to both Mets fans and front office personnel, alike.